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In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, what does Clarisse McClellan represent?

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Clarisse McClellan is Montag's charismatic seventeen-year-old neighbor who enjoys the natural environment and engaging in genuine conversations. Clarisse is unlike anyone Montag has ever met and he enjoys her authentic, unique personality. She questions Montag about his happiness and motivates him to thoroughly examine his life. Despite being an outcast among her peers, Clarisse is a curious, insightful individual, who befriends Montag in part one of the novel.

Clarisse's character represents individuality and nostalgia. Unlike the superficial, mindless majority, Clarisse does not conform to society's standards and remains herself. She takes pleasure in being an oddball and refuses to assimilate or act like her peers....

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